Release date: 1/28/2013

Karen Kubin, Prominent Attorney Hailed as one of the "Top Women Litigators," Elected President of San Francisco Opera Guild

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Prominent and highly acclaimed San Francisco attorney and arts advocate Karen Kubin has been elected president of San Francisco Opera Guild for a two year term of office.  As head of San Francisco Opera Guild, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1939 and separate from the San Francisco Opera Association, Ms. Kubin will oversee an Executive Committee of fourteen officers, one hundred Guild directors and a small professional staff dedicated to providing award-winning and powerful education programs to over 50,000 students in the community each year.  Through these innovative programs, San Francisco Opera Guild nurtures the expressive nature in children, inspiring them and helping give voice to potential.  Officers are responsible for the fiscal management of the Guild’s $2M annual budget and extensive education programs, fundraising and special events.  Ms. Kubin succeeds outgoing-president Ann Girard. 
“I’m honored to serve as the new president of San Francisco Opera Guild and to lead this prestigious organization over the next several years, including its 75th anniversary,” said Karen Kubin.  “From our innovative and vital music education programs to our signature fund raising events including the annual Opera Ball, I look forward to working with my Guild colleagues, a collection of savvy and professional individuals, to build on our momentum of offering bold, enriching and meaningful activities.”
Karen Kubin is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, a 1000-attorney global law firm headquartered in San Francisco, where she defends employers sued in wage and hour class actions and other complex litigation. Her client list spans an array of industries, including the communications, consumer products, energy, entertainment, financial services, life sciences, publishing, restaurant, retail, technology, transportation, and venture capital sectors.   Ms. Kubin has broad jury and bench trial experience in both federal and state courts; she is also experienced in domestic and international arbitrations.
She has been honored as one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers (2009), Top Employment Lawyers (2010-2012), Top Women Litigators (2007-2008, 2012), and most recently by Law360 as one of the Top Five Employment Lawyers in the nation.  She is a member of the American Bar Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the California State Bar’s section on labor and employment law.
Ms. Kubin has been on the Board of San Francisco Opera Guild since 2003 and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Art Institute and of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Girls Chorus.  
Ms. Kubin received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Washington, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as managing editor of the Hastings Law Journal.
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